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Safer method of leading a horse Not a question but a view from the experts, please

I have noted many people lead a horse on a halter only, recently I noted a handler trying to lunge a horse on a halter. Leading a horse on a halter outside of confined yard is fraught with danger.
If the animal takes fright and then decides flight you have no hope at all of controlling that horse.
I have seen this happen and I have had it happen to myself. It can and often does lead to injury to the handler.
A halter should only be used when leading in a confined space i.e yard to yard. A halter should also be used to tether a horse on its own or in conjunction with a bridle to avoid damage to the bridle. When I lead a horse in an open area I always use a bridle with a double clip lead. If I have a halter over the top of the bridle, I use two methods. A single clip lead, I thread the lead through the bridle mouthpiece D Ring or the egg yoke ring, then clip on to the halter. If I use a double clip lead, I clip one latch onto the ring of the bridle mouth piece, the second latch is clipped onto the halter. Both methods give far more control over the head. Always, always use gloves when leading a horse, when a horse starts to get away on you and the lead rips through your hand, nasty rope burns can happen. When that happens, goodness knows were the horse will career of to?




Outside United States Posted 27 days ago

foaling dureing a full moon

does foaling take place more during the full moon phase


Pocahontas County Iowa Posted about 1 month ago

Eating disorder

I have a horse that will lay down and roll approximately 5 to 10 minutes after he has started to eat. After he rolls back and forth he will lay their for a few minutes ,gets up and finishes eating. Sometimes he passes gas. He does this after each feeding. He eats a grass-alfalfa mix. Without xrays do u have any suggestions. could enteroliths cause this? Thank you.

Kern County California Posted 3 months ago

coastal hay

My pony was tested and is alergic to bermuda grass! Is this the same as coastal bermuda hay?

Lee County North Carolina Posted 3 months ago

breyer customizing

how can you remove a breyer mane that is lying flat on the horses neck?

Tompkins County New York Posted 3 months ago

Horse pasture clover

I have a little more than an acre of max q grass it gets invested by clover An my horse has cushings An can’t have clover I have tried 24d An got desperate enough to use roundup in heavy spots but it kills the grass An it comes up next to the bald spots what can I use to kill out the clover an save what grass I have left I live in Jarales new mexico

Valencia County New Mexico Posted 3 months ago

getting the mare in the mood

In race horses a stallion is sometimes put in a stall next to the mare to 'get her in the mood' for breeding. the mare is then taken to the stallion that is to do the work.
What is the name of the 'preparation stallion'?

Palm Beach County Florida reproduction breeding horse Posted 3 months ago

Use of Bosals in 4-h shows

My niece is showing her horse. He is 18 years old & has always been ridden in a bosal, but since the Iowa 4-h guidelines don't allow bosals to be used in shows at his age, we now must either get him to use a bit or not show him in the performance classes. Is it really worth taking him out of the bosal, which he listens to & respects? I feel that forcing horses to use a bit when they respond better without them, is unfair to the horse & the 4-h exhibitor. Especially if forcing a bit makes the horse unsafe or less comfortable. We will try to find a bit that will work for him, but is there anything that can be done now or in the future to change this rule? Thank you

Wright County Iowa Posted 3 months ago

Perfect pond plus fertilizer

Is it o k for Horses to drink water from a pond that is fertilized with perfect pond plus

Butler County Alabama Posted 5 months ago

I need next step

My horse is 20 plus years. She is not urinating much or defecating much. She is on a diet of senior sweet pellet feed, mixed with fresh dried timothy hay

added to the diet, Her abdomen is not hard. Thoughts?

Middlesex County Massachusetts horses Posted 5 months ago